I grew up with the hippie grownups around me always talking about the Cold War. I didn't know what it was, until one day they explained that the 'Mericans were going to get mad at the Russians and blow everybody up. And it would kill everybody and everything, including all the lions and sunflowers and trees and all the good stuff, and leave the earth a dried up cinder.
And it could happen at any moment without warning.
Thanks for that.
"I sometimes wish I didn’t see the world like this, through a Gen-X filter of self-defensive snark. I didn’t always.
"As the only child of two only children (both divorced multiple times), I was doomed to turn out twisted: timid, taciturn, touchy, and morbidly imaginative. Growing up in the 1970s didn’t help. The Patty Hearst and Chowchilla kidnappings scared me. Hell, Watergate scared me and I didn’t even know what it was. (Something about “bugs.”)